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WC Qualifiers: England scrape victory, Scotland win big

Adam Lallana scores late for EnglandDan Mullan

Adam Lallana got England off to a winning start in their World Cup qualification campaign with a 1-0 victory over Slovakia.

The Three Lions struggled to break down a determined Slovakia side, even when they were reduced to 10 men with captain Martin Skrtel sent off for a foul on Harry Kane.

Lallana's strike in injury time saved the day. Elsewhere...

Scotland thumped Malta 5-1, with Robert Snodgrass scoring a hat-trick.

Robert Snodgrass scores a hat trick for ScotlandReuters

Gordon Strachan's side go top of Group F ahead of England on goal difference.

Meanwhile, in their first match since reaching the Euro 2016 knockout stages, Northern Ireland could only manage a 0-0 draw with the Czech Republic.

Wales, who will be keen to build on their performance at the European Championships this summer, face Moldova tonight (Monday).